A grown man riding a dinky Honda MSX125 is generally enough to make most people smile, but one rider in Cardiff wants to be sure he makes people smile, by wearing an Elmo costume while riding.
The rider, known as CRDF Rider on YouTube, just wants to make people smile.
“It was a cloudy Sunday and I had an ‘Elmo’ helmet cover from some seller on eBay and I thought I’d throw on some red clothes and ride around,” he told Wales Online. “I never thought I’d get the reactions that I did, and still do.”
The rider goes out at busy times - when school finishes or at the weekend - and films the reactions he gets from passers by.
But the rider, who wishes to keep his identity secret, also found dressing up as Elmo helped him deal with stress and anxiety: “I’ve suffered with social anxiety for many years now. I’ve found doing what I do also helps me with my anxiety, because when I’m out I have people talk to me about the whole Elmo thing and it gets me talking to people as well.
“I go riding to de-stress and to take my mind off things and since I started the whole Elmo thing it’s helped a lot when I’m feeling low.”
Maybe it'll catch on, and we'll also see Cookie Monster, Big bird and Oscar the Grouch riding around Cardiff spreading smiles.
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